Firefighters still tackling major blaze that engulfed Battersea industrial estate

Firefighters are still tackling a major blaze that broke out in Battersea last night.

Up to 100 firefighters attended the large fire that started at Parkfield industrial estate on Culvert Place just before 9pm on Wednesday evening.

London Fire Brigade’s 999 control officers took more than 100 emergency calls as 15 fire engines attended the scene close to Clapham Junction station.

The fire brigade was called at 8:51pm and the fire was under control by 3:36am with crews from Lambeth, Brixton, Tooting, Clapham, Chelsea and Peckham working through the night.

At the height of the blaze huge plumes of smoke could be seen for miles and nearby residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

The fire badly damaged a range of eight single storey industrial units but there have been no reports of injuries so far.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Station manager David Farr who attended the incident said: “This was a large, challenging fire and crews worked extremely hard to get it under control.

“A lot of deep seated hot spots still remain and although we are now making steady progress extinguishing those it’s likely crews will remain at the scene well into Thursday morning.”

Train operators say services between Clapham Junction and Victoria are no longer being affected by the fire.

Featured image courtesy of Matt Burkitt, with thanks

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